Vitaphone #1 wins Adria FIA GT race

Reigning FIA GT champions Michael Bartels and Andrea Bertolini got their title defence on track with a comfortable victory in round two of the championship in Italy

Vitaphone #1 wins Adria FIA GT race

The Vitaphone Maserati duo pulled away from the field in the Adria evening race to win by 10 seconds from the PK Corvette of Anthony Kumpen and Mike Hezemans.

Vitaphone's second car, shared by Alex Muller and Miguel Ramos, recovered from a drivethrough penalty to complete the podium. The Alphand and SRT Corvettes took fourth and fifth places, a lap down.

Silverstone winners Karl Wendlinger and Ryan Sharp had a disastrous day. Their K plus K Saleen was disqualified from pole position after failing scrutineering due to an aerodynamic infringement, and then retired on the opening lap of the race thanks to a broken driveshaft.

Prospeed Porsche won GT2, with Emmanuel Collard and Richard Westbrook coming through to beat AF Corse Ferrari's Toni Vilander and Gianmaria Bruni despite spending the middle of the race in an enormous battle with the second AF Corse car of Alvaro Barba and Niki Cadei.

Pos Cl Driver Car Time 1. GT1 Bertolini/Bartels Maserati MC 12 2h00m22.680s 2. GT1 Kumpen/Hezemans Corvette Z06 + 10.168s 3. GT1 Muller/Ramos Maserati MC 12 + 20.465s 4. GT1 Maassen/Moreau Corvette Z06 + 1 lap 5. GT1 Ruffier/Longin Corvette Z06 + 1 lap 6. GT1 Lemeret/Hines Saleen S7 + 2 laps 7. GT2 Westbrook/Collard Porsche 911 GT3 + 4 laps 8. GT2 Bruni/Vilander Ferrari F430 + 4 laps 9. GT2 Cadei/Barba Ferrari F430 + 4 laps 10. GT2 Holzer/O'Young Porsche 911 GT3 + 4 laps 11. GT2 Ragginger/Lucchini Porsche 911 GT3 + 4 laps 12. GT1 Leinders/Kuppens Ford GT + 4 laps 13. GT2 Mullen/Niarchos Ferrari F430 + 5 laps 14. GT2 Kirkaldy/Bell Ferrari F430 + 5 laps 15. GT2 Sugden/Ashburn Porsche 911 GT3 + 6 laps 16. GT2 Romanini/Heyer Ferrari F430 + 6 laps 17. GT1 Dominguez/Lacko Saleen S7 + 11 laps 18. GT2 Malucelli/Ruberti Ferrari F430 + 13 laps 19. GT1 Biagi/Mutsch Ford GT + 25 laps 20. GT1 Monfardini/Orts Saleen S7 + 76 laps 21. GT2 La Mazza/Sbirrazuoli Ferrari F430 + 90 laps 22. GT1 Sharp/Wendlinger Saleen S7 + 96 laps 
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